Brown blasts 'spineless' GOP colleagues at trial

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE (D-Ohio) on Saturday chastised what he called "spineless" lawmakers who are unwilling to seriously weigh the allegations against Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE due to their "abject fear" of the former president.

Brown criticized Republican colleagues who he characterized as having approached Trump’s impeachment trial with a closed mind despite the "damage he's done to his country."

“It's so clear this president abused his power. It's so clear he incited violence,” he said. “And my colleagues just refuse to see it because of their abject fear of Donald Trump.”


Speaking to reporters at the Capitol ahead of the Saturday impeachment proceedings, Brown said he was unsure if calling witnesses would change the minds of Republicans who have already decided to acquit Trump.

“They know he incited violence,” he said. “But their fear of this president campaigning against them -- I've never seen fear do this. You can see it in their eyes."

“I'm incredulous,” Brown added. “I'm incredulous, except I've watched my spineless colleagues walk around with fear in their eyes for four years. And so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.”

Brown later joined all 50 Senate Democrats and five GOP members to vote in favor of calling witnesses and subpoenaing documents in Trump’s impeachment trial.